Members of the Pettisville School Board approved general fund appropriations of just over $4.2 million for the 2009-10 fiscal year at the Monday, Sept. 14, meeting.
In a Tuesday interview, Chris Lee, district treasurer, said the new appropriations are about $100,000 more than last year.
He attributed it to increased personnel costs, plus additional money earmarked for the Northwest Ohio Educational Service Center.
The NWOESC provides special education for students in the Pettisville school district that require services.
Lee said the service center is “servicing more kids than in the past.”
When all appropriations are included, including funds designated for the new school project, bond retirement, and food service, the total comes to just over $11.5 million.
The appropriations measure passed with the understanding that there will likely need to be modifications as the school year proceeds.
In the district report, Steve Switzer, district superintendent, commended Penny Mc- Cartney, the district technical coordinator, for her work securing government rebates to cut costs for communications.
Switzer gave board members a chart that showed the district had been reimbursed over $16,000. That effectively cut the costs for phone, Internet and fi- ber-optic services in half.
Several personnel contracts were awarded. Char Lee will serve again on an hourly basis as a study hall supervisor.
Becky Dadisman will be the freshman class advisor, and Jacinta Nafziger will be the senior class advisor.
Steve Hastings, a Napoleon teacher, was hired to serve as varsity baseball special assistant, and Justin Rufenacht will be the eighth grade boys basketball coach.
All votes at the meeting were unanimous. Loren Roth was absent.
The next meeting is Monday, Oct. 12, 7 pm in the school library.– D.J. Neuenschwander